Winnipeg's arts community was left shaken on July 22 night after a fire consumed a Jarvis warehouse. The warehouse was a studio, rehearsal, and storage space for many local creatives, some of whom lost decades work in the blaze. Along with artwork, tools, and musical instruments and gear, the artists also lost a significant community space. The space and the community culture inside will be difficult to replace.
Efforts to support the artists impacted by the fire have already begun, including crowdfunding campaigns and fundraisers. So far, there are at least four benefit shows planned for August 2-3 at The Park Theatre, Pyramid Cabaret, and Royal Albert Arms to help the musicians who have lost all of their gear. The shows will feature plenty of live music and some will also have silent auctions.
Winnipeg Musicians Unite has launched a GoFundMe to support the musicians: gofundme.com/f/warehouse-fire-threatens-musician-livelihood
Border Crossings is running a GoFundMe focused relief for the visual artists: gofundme.com/f/aduffw-274-jarvis-ave-artist-relief.
Food charity Agape Table, which lost many supplies in the fire, is taking donations: agapetable.ca
Unison Benevolent Fund provides emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. They're here to help people making the majority of their income from music-related activities in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties. Registration is free and services include counselling and financial assistance, as well and insurance partners and other resources. Visit unisonfund.ca for more info.
Friday August 2
Featuring: The Sorels, Dinner Club, One of Us, Trevor Buckley of Ceilings (solo set), The Great Steelhead
7PM, $10 > The Park Theatre will match every admission paid in advance or at the door
Featuring: Hamfist, Ebon Flow, Dark Messiah, Dead Ringer, and more
People who attend the Pyramid and Park Theatre show will be allowed into both venues with a wrist band (limited capacity).
Saturday August 3
Friday August 9
The Good Will Social Club
Featuring: Nice Cops, Celings, Louser, Shaner & McCleaner
Friday August 16
If you know of other benefit shows raising relief funds for the musicians from this fire, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org